The Old Lion

(126 Reviews)
Pailton Road, Rugby, West Midlands, CV23 0HQ
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Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 17:00 - 21:30
Saturday: 12:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00.

Restaurant description

A welcoming village pub with traditional style and modern gastropub flavours, The Old Lion is an inviting spot for leisurely meals. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, and there are crackling log fires to relax by with a glass of wine or cask ale.

The Old Lion menu is a modern example of British gastropub excellence, with classic dishes sitting alongside contemporary flavours. Artisan breaded brie with a red berry jelly is a great sharer to start off with, moving on to pub favourites like cod and chips or homemade pie of the day. There are rustic pizzas cooked in the stone oven, and succulent steaks and burgers from the grill menu too.

Enjoy generous Sunday roasts at The Old Lion in Rugby, featuring a choice of slow-cooked meats with all the trimmings. Local cask ales and ciders are served at the bar, as well as a concise wine list and extensive choice of international spirits.

A homely pub with modern updates and a gourmet menu, The Old Lion is a 9-minute drive from Rugby Rail Station.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for The Old Lion
(based on 126 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (3)
  • al fresco (6)
  • breakfast (1)
  • business (8)
  • child friendly (9)
  • dinner (94)
  • entertainment (3)
  • large parties (16)
  • lunch (51)
  • luxury (9)
  • private dining (20)
  • romantic (24)
  • trendy (9)
  • value (30)
  • views (1)
  • By John D from Harborough Magna
    14 March 2020

    Very nice. Great Gin

  • By Kevin G from Rugby
    8 March 2020

    Waiting 55 minutes for the main course to be served was appalling, we went for a Sunday lunch and in all honesty 2 1/2 hrs of my time I will never get back.

  • By David M from Coventry
    6 March 2020

    Lovely food reasonably priced

  • By Michelle C from Rugby
    29 February 2020

    We had a lovely meal on Saturday night as we were catching up with some good friends. We were made to feel extremely welcome and the service was really good. The choice of food made it difficult to choose as it all sounded amazing! I had the pie of the day which was steak and ale and it was full of flavour. We all enjoyed our meals and will definitely be visiting again.

  • By Karin lorraine W from Midland
    22 February 2020

    Lovely food and service was very quick

  • By Anne C from Portsmouth
    22 February 2020

    Booked by chance as staying locally for the weekend. Great menu choice, with good children's options. I especially liked the Greek starters we had and my daughters are converts to saganaki! Friendly attentive staff, even while it was very busy. Special thanks to Thanasis. Sadly we don't live nearby, or we'd visit regularly.

  • By Terence H from rugby
    21 February 2020

    The meal for all for of us was excellent

  • By David M from Coventry
    15 February 2020

    Nice food. Friendly service

  • By Paul D from Rugby
    14 February 2020

    Excellent food and a lovely atmosphere. My partner had the rack of Lamb and I had the ribeye steak. Very good service and friendly staff.

  • By Les B from HINCKLEY
    12 February 2020

    It was some years since we had used this location but this time it was ideally positioned for meeting some old friends. Front of house was a delightful gentleman who afforded us plenty of time to chat whilst we perused the menu in comfortable leather settees. We were shown to our table just prior to our order being served. Three of us had the slow roast belly pork whilst the other member of our group had the haddock and chips (small portion). The pork was cooked to perfection as were the accompanying vegetables. Unfortunately, the haddock was a lot smaller than anticipated so it would be useful to give a better indication of the portion size. We moved onto the desert course and again the dishes were home produced and cooked to perfection. Enjoyed the whole experience and will not leave it as long again to visit.

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The Old Lion
Pailton Road, Rugby, West Midlands, CV23 0HQ